OS X V10.7 Lion :: Understanding File Search On New Mac Versus Windows?

Jun 8, 2012

I have a lot of computer experience, mostly with Windows.  This is my first Mac (MacBook Pro Lion). I'm having trouble understanding how to search for files with the Mac OS.For instance, let's say there's a file named "shakeyt" inside an application folder and I want to search for it (even though I know this file does exist there).  If I select the root of my hard drive and type "shakeyt" in the search box in Windows Explorer, it searches the entire drive and shows me all the results for that search, including the file "shakeyt" that I knew was there and it's path. 

This does not seem to work for me in Lion.  When I select Macintosh HD or "this mac" or click on the Applications folder (where I know it exists) and type "shakeyt" in the search box (or in the spotlight search box) the only results that I get are a couple of emails that contain the word "shakeyt". I have looked through all the finder and system preferences to see if I have something set wrong but cannot find anything. Isn't there somewhere in this OS that you can simply type a word and it will show you all instances of this word (file names, text references, etc)? 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight To Search File-names Only Not Content?

Mar 23, 2012

Every time I do a spotlight search, intending only to get filenames (that's what it says in greyed out lettering in the search field), the Spotlight results show content as well with the result I have sometimes 1000s of items listed when I just want results containing filenames only. The search results are useless?How do I get Spotlight to search for filenames only? This is how Search used to be in Classic and for a while in OSX. 

MacMini 2.26GHz, Mac OS X (10.7)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Eliminate Certain File-types In A Spotlight Search?

May 14, 2012

How do I eliminate certain filetypes from results in a Spotlight search?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Find The Path To A File In A Spotlight Search Result?

May 24, 2012

how to find the path to a file in a Spotlight search result. In Snow Leopard I would get the path to a file or folder by just holding the mouse over the search result in Spotlight. I don't see that in Lion.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Search On A Windows Server In Finder Doesn't Work?

May 30, 2012

I have recently installed Mac os X Lion on my work iMacs, and ever since I haven't been able to search on my windows server. I was running both leopard and snow leopard before, and back then it worked perfectly.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Search Engine Preference Is Google / But When Search - It Switches To Bing

Sep 11, 2014

On my macbook pro which is using mountain lion, by safari search engine preferences is set to google, but when i enter a search term it defaults to bing.  Only noticed this problem after downloading adobe flash player for what it's worth.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)

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Feb 14, 2009

I've heard Office:Mac isn't that great, and doesn't make up for what iWork 09 is missing. So I'm wondering what people think about it and why does it get such a bland reputation? Also, do people use a combination of the above? Such as iWork and Office:Windows? Both Offices? I do mainly word processing, some soft Excel work (no hardcore giant spreadsheets...yet), and general PowerPoints for presentations. I have access to cheap iWork/Offices (school discount) and a family pack of the top-level edition of Office:PC (family) so it isn't a big deal to get any of the above.

Lastly, what's the difference between Camino and Firefox? I use Firefox currently and love it, mainly due to the add-ons (weather at the bottom, Gmail alert, skins, page views, other customizations). Tabs seem to be on all browsers these days, so are there any other key differences?

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OS X :: Why Can't Spotlight Search For Particular File

Jun 24, 2010

I am pretty new with Mac and I am trying out my new macbook pro. I'm trying to get to know it. And a while ago I was trying the Spotlight feature. I have a file under User/Library/Preferences/ that is called [URL] I just thought I'd try to search for it on Spotlight if it can find it. I typed myname123 on spotlight but no results were found. Why? Are there any specific strings that should be entered if the search string is between a filename?

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OS X :: Itunes And Terminal Gurus - Search File Format?

Aug 18, 2009

Through some scripting mishap, I accidentally ended up with two copies of everything in my iTunes library. One was in lossless format, the other in AAC. I just went through and deleted all the AACs by hand. I'm worried that I might have accidentally deleted a lossless copy though, in stead of the AAC copy. Is there a way I can search through the trash (via terminal presumably) to make sure there are no lossless files in there? It'd be so easy if they didn't have the same extension.

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Software :: Spotlight Search Ignore Some File Types

Aug 25, 2008

I have folders of Adobe ActionScript (.as) files, but I've noticed that spotlight/search ignore the contents of these files, even though they are text-based. How do I configure spotlight/search to examine the text within these files?

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Final Cut Pro X :: File Name Disappears From Link Search Window

Jun 23, 2014

Rebooting this question to keep it simpler.  Using the above, when I try to relink to files that are definitely the same type and size (WAVs or AIFFs only), the process SEEMS to work; the progress bar to confirm matching file goes through, file name disappears from the link search window and at the bottom it says (when searching for 1 file)  Matched: 1 out of 1. 

But nothing changes, still just red empty clips in Event Browser and Timeline.  I've tried deleting original file references / aliases from the Original Media folder, tried linking to the new file from various older folders, tried changing the names of files, just nothing.  I've trashed preferences with Preference Manager.  Is this some bug they left behind in Mountain Lion because they think we should all be in Mavericks by now?  I'm afraid to upgrade to 10.1.1 anyway with some older projects I still need to use - and I have other reasons to wait as well. 

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OS X :: Trouble Understanding Relationship Between OS And USB.

Jul 15, 2009

when I put my usb stick in my mac under the search for section in the finder my pics and docs come up. As soon as I take my usb out they all disappear. Does this mean that they are on my mac or usb.Im really having trouble understanding the relationship between the OS and USB.

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Intel Mac :: Understanding 32 And 64-bit Options?

Mar 6, 2012

I am a photographer, and understand that operating in 64 bit mode is an advantage.  I know that I have the 64 bit capability with my Intel Core 2 Duo iMac (currently running OS 10.6.8, soon to upgrade to Lion), but I'm not certain if I actually am running in 64-bit mode, or if it is possible to have it running in 32-bit mode.  If there is an option, how do I find out what I am actually running, and how do I control it? 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 24" Intel iMac, 2.8 Ghz aluminum

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OS X :: How To Input Approximate File Path Information Into Search Query?

Sep 26, 2009

The original message was too long, so here is a shorter version. Suppose I have the following file structure: Joeirthdayphotos. I want to type, "photo, joe" to get me to the "photo" folder. Is there a simple way to do something like that?


Spotlight seems to only allow users to find files but without relation to where the file might be located. This works fine if the filename is "New_York_Birth_Rate_2008.pdf". How about if it's stored as "Birth_RatesNew_York2008.pdf"? Searching for "2008.pdf" would bring up a whole host of files and one could select the one in the right folder. But what if you have a large number of files called "2008.pdf", stored under various folders (birth rate, mortality, morbidity, rain fall, humidity, crime rate, etc etc etc" and you want to narrow the search? Sure, one could use the advanced search, but this defeats the purpose of a file launcher like Spotlight.

Ideally, I want to input something like, "new york, birth, 2008" in any order and it would search for all folders and files with similar names, sorted by placing ones with more matched terms in terms of the file path. Is there an input method to do this? Surely this is a common scenario?

Here's another example, "Sales Person ABronx2009SeptInsurance Plan A.pdf". Now imagine I have 200 sales persons, and 50 areas. I want to type "richard, longevity plus.doc, bronx" to narrow the list. Sure, I can use advanced search, but as I said, this defeats the purpose of spotlight.

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Connecting Windows Machine To A Remote OS X Lion File Server

Feb 21, 2012

how to connect a Windows 7 machine to my remote OS X Lion File Server? On my macs, it is simple, I go to finder, choose Go -->Connect to Server, and enter my IP address. I can't seem to figure out how to do this on a windows system.

Lion OS X Server and Windows 7, Windows

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Computer Id In File Sharing Is The Old One Before Joined Windows Domain?

May 24, 2012

I just installed Lion 10.7.4 named my computer "fx6800". Then I joined my Windows 2003 Server domain with no problems. After that I could not log on to domain with one of my windows 7 machines because it had the same computer ID. Ok no problem I re joined the domain and re binded with the Win 7 machine and then un binded my Mac Lion machine then re-binded with a different computer ID. No problem both machines can log on to AD with separate computer accounts. Then I notice when I opened terminal it was showing the old computer ID. No problem I fixed it With sudo scutil --set HostName "new host name".  

Then when I go to select file sharing in the description to the right under File Sharing On: it shows the path to tha machine is fx6800.domainname.local which is the original computer ID. Also when I select remote login and I believe it shows username@fx6800.domainname.local. I have searched for 2 days and have not come up with anything. I am sure if I reinstall everything it should fix it but I would like to save the time.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: Understanding Kernel Panic Log?

Feb 10, 2012

Is there a way that I can understand what is causing frequent Kernel Panic crashes on my new iMac? 

Fri Feb 10 18:01:00 2012panic(cpu 2 caller 0xffffff80002c266d): Kernel trap at 0xffffff800024421e, type 14=page fault, registers:CR0: 0x000000008001003b, CR2: 0xffffff0830070a80, CR3: 0x000000002bd65011, CR4: 0x00000000000606e0RAX: 0xffffff801dd30e80, RBX: 0xffffff8005280c20, RCX: 0x0000000009000000, RDX: 0xffffff8005280c30RSP: 0xffffff8161e32f90, RBP:


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MacBook Pro :: Difference In Performance Based On File Format NTFS Versus HPS+?

Mar 24, 2012

I've just ordered a MBP 2.4Ghz with 7200rpm 750GB drive, I will be adding either a single 8GB memory stick (total of 10GB) or a 16GB kit.  I'm looking for my first SSD use as a boot drive for OSX and potentially Win 7 in BootCamp and hope I can get some counsel on model selection and configuration. I read that SSDs suffer a performance drop (sometimes significant) as the drive fills up.  Also there are both 256GB and 240GB drives. 

1)  Are there models that maintain performance over time?  Is there a specification that indicates how performance drops as the drive fills up? 

2)  Is there a performance difference (current / long-term) between 256 and 240GB drives? 

3)  Does an abundance of RAM improve performance and / or longevity?   

4)  How much space (if any) should be kept free for swap files in OSX / Windows? 

5)  With 240 / 256GB SSDs, how much usable space is available after formatting? 

6)  Is there a difference in performance based on file format NTFS vs. HPS+?

7)  Do I need to be concerned about major name brands (Intel, Samsung, OCZ, Kingston, etc.) being incompatible with MBPs? 

8)  Are some SSDs easier to install / configure / maintain on a MBP than others? 

9)  Are there any issues I should be aware of regarding the installation or use of a SSD that would impact my MBP's warranty? 

Based on performance, reliability and 5-year warranty, I've been attracted to the Intel 520. I've also read good reports on the Samsung 830.  One review indicated that the 830 maintained performance over time while the 520 experienced a significantly greater drop.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.4Ghz, 16GB RAM, 750GB 7200rpm

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OS X Mountain Lion :: When Email PDF To Windows - It Reduces / Shrinks File Size

Aug 21, 2014

When I send a PDF to a windows user, the PDF shrinks.  I'm not talking about file size, but when they open the document, it's 50-75% of the original size and hard to read. 

On my computer everything looks fine.  I'm not using any filters to reduce file size. 

scanned using: HP Laserjet pro 300 all in one

OS 10.9.4

new 2014 MBP.

email sent via Mac Mail and my iCloud.com account. 

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)

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OS X :: Unable To Understanding Kernel Panic On Macbook?

Oct 15, 2010

I have read a million different posts, forums and most places people wouldn't want to go. This Mac is being very stubborn.

I have tried booting to safe mode, running the install disk, tried to load the utility on the install disk even tried a copy of diskwarrior (but I am not sure if it was a bootable copy).

In almost every instance the machine tries to load the cd and then spits it out and I get the restart screen. A few times I get the install to load but then it takes me to a screen that says something like �startup� run or install from these device after reboot, or something to that effect.

I even tried the command, option p r. If I just hit option with no disk it will list the mac hd. The machine is about 5 years old and is running osx 10.4.1?

This isn�t my machine so I can�t answer many questions about the OS. I was given a Snow Leopard 10.5 disk that appears to have been open.

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Applications :: Understanding AirPlay And Its Potential Correctly

Nov 14, 2010

I'm not sure if this should be in the iPod forum, the Mac Apps forum (I can't believe there isn't an iTunes forum), or the MacRumors forum. Subject: Airplay. Went to the local Apple Store yesterday for a One-to-One appointment. I asked one of the associates if any of the dozen speakers they have on display were AirPlay compatible. He looked at me like I was crazy. After refreshing his memory on the topic briefly, he said that no, it was too new and suggested I add an Airport Express to my system to achieve my desired results (to stream music to speakers in my house). Question: Will AirPlay negate the need for an Airport Express? I'm expecting that very soon AirPlay compatible speaker(s) will come to market which will handle wirelessly all the necessary work to stream music from my iDevices to the speakers. Am I understanding AirPlay and its potential correctly?

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Applications :: Understanding Apple's Mail And IMAP?

Dec 22, 2010

I've always struggled with Mail. I blame my confusion from going from Pop to IMAP. POP was simpler. Mail sat on server. When you used a POP connection mail moved from server to your computer. Imap is harder. Anyone have a good description (or link) on how imap works?

Here are my questions:
1. If you don't have a .mac account is there an easy way to keep Apple's Mail synched up on two machines? Is it as easy as keeping your mail folders (library) and apple mail plist file (preferences) synched up using a synch program?

2. When you open mail, with imap accounts it automatically goes to your account servers and seems to synch up the online version to what is on your computer. Launch Mail and in the activity window all sorts of things happen such as "synchronizing with server". This is before you tell Mail to "get mail". I'm wondering if the "get mail" is what puts a copy of emails on your computer or does just opening Mail with imap accounts do this?

3. If I had my choice, and mostly I do just use Google Mail online. However I want to have electronic copies of my emails for the day that the online cloud evaporates. Any easy way to accomplish this? I know there is something called G-Mail backup, but I wonder about it's functionality if I ever really had to rely on it. As of right now I'm using Mail for this purpose. Maybe Mail is the easiest way?

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Oct 27, 2009

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Does this mean my bandwidth is limited to one 300Mb/s channel? i.e. Should I not even consider RAID0 on a MBP since the bottleneck is 300MB/s? Barefeats recommends this adapter saying it's the fastest they tested at only 200MB/s! So what advantage will stripping give? It seems with only one available eSATA channel the MBP doesn't have many options for professional storage (although still faster than FW800). What would people recommend?..........

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Nov 3, 2009

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Nov 2, 2009

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I've heard good reviews of the G2410, with its LED backlighting. It's still a TN panel and I hear so much bad stuff about them.

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OS X :: Geekbench SL Versus Windows 7

Oct 7, 2009

I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM via BootCamp on my Unibody Macbook.


2.0 Core 2

The 64-bit kernel was used for both the 32 and the 64-bit SL tests.

The 64-bit version of Geekbench for Mac is a slightly older version (2.1.2 vs 2.1.4) not sure if that makes a difference.

The Difference between Win7 x64 and SL x64 was very small. What I found interesting was the large difference between the 32-bit tests.

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Oct 27, 2009

I wanted to let you know of my experiences attempting to install Windows 7 Professional on my brand new iMac 27".

I purchased the machine new on 10/24/2009. It has the ATI 4670 video card, not the Nvidia.

I made four seperate attempts to install Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Each attempt fails the exact same way. When Windows Setup is on the final reboot prior to completing the install, it starts up and displays a message, "Starting Services". Then it displays a message box stating that a problem occurred and windows needed to reboot to continue setup.

On a side note: I also have a copy of Windows 7 32-bit Professional. After formatting the BootCamp partition, the 32-bit version installed with zero problems (black screen aside). If you plug a second monitor into the Mac the display is actually on that monitor.

If anyone can offer any advice on how to overcome installing the 64-bit version, that is what I really want. I'm holding off on activating this copy of windows for a few days to see if anyone can offer a solution to the problem installing the 64-bit edition.

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May 22, 2010

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Mac Pro :: Can't Search Files On Windows Server

May 18, 2012

I'm on a Mac Pro connected via SMB to a Windows 2003 and Finder will not search files on the server. Is there anyway to make this allowable? I can't change anything on the server BTW--only on my Mac.

Just for interest... Adobe Bridge will search the files on the server, but it doesn't catch them all even if I direct it to include subfolders and un-indexed files. It still misses some files that meet the search criteria.

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